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Aug 20, 2009 5:00pm EDT
. damon green of itn has our report. >> reporter: this used to be an aircraft, and for those who boarded as passengers, there was no way out. today the man convicted of blowing a passenger jet into fragments and violently ending the lives of all 270 people on board, learned he will be free to live out his remaining days in peace. >> it is my decision that mr. abdel basset al megrahi, convicted in 2001 for the lockerbie bombing, now terminally ill with prostate cancer be released on compassionate grounds and be allowed to return to libya to die. >> reporter: the destruction of pan am flight 103 remains one of the bloodiest terror attacks ever launched at the west and one which was immediately blamed on libya. at the time of the lockerbie bombing, the nation was a pariah state, internationally shunned, accused of sponsoring terrorism. its leader a figure of hate in the west. it was only after 15 years of sanctions that libya finally admitted it carried out the bombing and paid compensation to victims' families. and within a year, tony blair was visiting tripoli to show that relatio
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Aug 19, 2009 12:00am EDT
part in the elections, and i want people to help us prevent any incidents happening. >> reporter: never before would you see afghan police patrolling in american humvees. extra afghan security forces have been sent to the area. authorities are confident the taliban won't be able to stop voters from heading to polling stations. >> in case something happens, those will be i.d.s. which are difficult. or some sporadic shooting from outside of the city like from the districts but also we want to minimize those when we send forces to the district as well. >> reporter: the neighboring districts of kandahar city have a strong taliban presence, and thursday's voting day will show just how tight the noose is around this capital. zeina khodr, al jazeera, kandahar. >>> next door in helmand province offensive by american and british troops has been under way for a while. one immediate goal is to push back the taliban so that more people can vote thursday but as lindsay hilsum after decades of warfare many afghan citizens remain skeptical about the motives of the foreign troops and fearful of their o
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Aug 20, 2009 12:00am EDT
. itn's carl dinnen takes us there. >> reporter: this is the first big test of iraq's new security regime. two months after u.s. forces pulled out the major urban centers, the insurgents have made a deadly attack on baghdad. one explosion was felt by a conference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secure hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fell from the ceiling, some hurriedly left the room, others started defiantly chanting religious slogans. the target had been the nearby foreign ministry. the blast was apparently so big it left a crater three meters deep and ten meters across. at least a dozen people were killed there. a truck bomb also destroyed part of a bridge near the finance ministry which was targeted in in waziria in northern baghdad. at least 18 people were killed there. and more than 200 injured. across the city there have been at least six bomb and mortar attacks. hospitals have been inundated and the latest information suggests that at least 75 people have been killed and more than 300 injured. >> after carl dinnen filed that report the death toll
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Aug 6, 2009 12:00am EDT
the doors, we saw standing before us president bill clinton. >> donald kirk is a correspondent for the christian science monitor. he has spent the past 12 years based in south korea. >> caller: i think it's a big deal in the sense that it says something about u.s./north korean relations. the fact that kim jong-il was glad to receive a high-profile american visitor in the form of bill clinton was certainly interesting. there's hope that perhaps it'll be possible to resume negotiations on one level or another. >> outside of the united states, reaction was mixed. in nairobi at a conference of african leaders, secretary of state hillary clinton told reporters, she was "excited' by the news. nonetheless, she reiterated america's hard line regarding north korea's nuclear program. >> they have a choice. they can continue to follow a path that is filled with provocative actions, or they can decide to renew their discussions. >> in south korea, reaction to the news of the release of lee and ling was noticeably subdued. north korea currently detains several hundred south koreans, some of who
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Aug 6, 2009 6:00pm EDT
using forensic testing to determine the age of ivory tusks. major funding for the newshour with jim lehrer is provided by: >> what the world needs now is energy. the energy to get the economy humming again. the energy to tackle challenges like climate change. what is that energy came from an energy company? everyday, chevron invests $62 million in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. supporting math and science education for tomorrow's innovators. the atlantic philanthropies. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the u.s. senate confirmed sonia sotomayor to the nation's highest court today. the federal appeals judge will now become the first hispanic justice and the third woman to sit on the united states supreme court. jeffrey brown has our lead story report. >> on this v
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Aug 13, 2009 5:00pm EDT
use the words of "the new york times." it has been confirmed in 67 american troops at 6 bases in iraq, to cite just a couple of examples. it's a complicated health issue and tonight's lead focus, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at the flu pandemic from a world perspective as weigh help you understand the risk as the traditional flu season approaches. just last week in switzerland, officials of the world health organization had news about the timetable for the development of a swine flu vaccine. the organization said a vaccine may be ready by the end of september, but that more testing is needed on the proper dosage. >> what they will try to tell us, they will tell us whether we need one or two dose per person for a vaccination. >> until a vaccine can be made widely available, many countries are focusing on prevention. last week in brazil, thousands of fans attending a soccer game wore masks after being ordered to do so by a judge. the game took place in the southern part of brazil, where most of brazil's swine flu cases had been reported. nearly 200 people have died in t
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Aug 18, 2009 5:30pm EDT
. this is a sample of what the seller was offering it to us. >> the taliban is trying hard to derail the -- a suicide bomber killed 10, including two u.s. workers. the chief spokesman is arrested. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later for you -- farewell sunshine. south korea mourns the death of the president who championed a reconciliation with the north. and he never cooks at home, but he is big on breakfast tv. a celebrity chef. hello to you. thousands of voting cards offered for thousands of dollars in bribes to buy votes. the bbc has uncovered evidence of fraud and corruption. this in the run-up to the election in afghanistan. the afghan election commission has denied that voting cards are being sold and said in any case that can only be used for the rightful owners. questions are being asked how credible the poll can be. we have this report. >> the city is full of rumors about this election -- fraud, corruption, and backroom deals with notorious war lords. we were given a tipoff the voting cards were being sold in cobble -- k
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Aug 25, 2009 7:00pm EDT
which americans' hard work and creativity can receive their proper rewards. >> susie: joining us now with more on bernanke, laurence meyer, former fed governor and now vice chairman, macroeconomic advisers and david jones, c.e.o. of d.m.j. advisors and author of "unlocking the secrets of the fed". test. >> good evening. >> larry, let me begin with you. you support the bernanke renomination. tell us why. >> yes, unquestionably. the first issue you have to decide on, whether you think he deserves to be reappointed. that's a question of how good a job he's done as chairman. i believe he's done an exceptional job during extraordinary times. he's been aggressive and creative. and put in place a set of policies that pulled the economy back from the edge of an abyss, and it set the foundation for at least positive growth, although subdued growth in the quarters ahead. >> susie: david, do you agree with larry? did president obama do the right thing by renominating ben bernanke? >> without question. the renomination bernanke was a key decision by the president. well-deserved as larry suggests
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Aug 1, 2009 3:30am EDT
profits before patients." your response bowled us over. one blogger at the widely read web site "talking points memo" summed up what many had to say. "i beg everyone who reads this and clicks onto the link to send it on to everyone you know. send it to your congressmen, your governors, your legislatures, the white house. get an e-mail chain going. put the link up on yard signs or billboards. put it on bumper stickers. stencil it on t-shirts or tattoo it onto your forehead. whatever it takes. this is a television event; too important to die. keep it going." well, it's alive and well, and thanks to this station you're about to see it again. the message is even more timely. you heard wendell potter tell us how the industry would try to shape the health care debate as it played out in washington over the summer. sure enough, that's exactly what has happened. by pouring millions of dollars into lobbying, including hiring more than 350 former members of congress and government staffers, and by enriching incumbents with campaign contributions, the health care industry is winning again. here, a
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Aug 21, 2009 8:00pm EDT
"politico." >> i will not vote and many of us will not vote for a final compromise without a public option. >> this week on "inside washington," now trouble from the left on health care. is the public option dead? >> this is just one sliver of it. >> the congenial debate continues. >> you continue to support a nazi policy, as obama has? >> on what planet do you spend most of your time? >> afghans risked their lives to vote. terrorist bombings escalate in iraq and the maliki government does not ask for american help. we lose two legendary news man, columnist robert novak and "60 minutes' minutes' don hewitt. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- i am looking for somebody who can tell me of the public option and president obama's health plan is still viable. democratic senator kent conrad says not in the senate. >> the fact of the matter is that there are not the votes in the united states senate for the public option, they're never have been. to continue to chase that rabbit i think is just a wasted effort. >> after saying last weekend that the rabbit will probab
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Aug 18, 2009 12:00am EDT
. al jazeera, kandahar. >>> joining us to help us with more insight on thursday's presidential election in afghanistan, we are joined again by alex thi er, the director of the future of afghanistan project at the united states institute of peace and that's based in washington, d.c. welcome back. >> pleasure to be here. >> there were fresh reports today about efforts by the taliban to intimidate afghans into not voting. can afghanistan hold a broad based elections that will be viewed as legitimate under these conditions? >> well, it's very difficult. the security situation in afghanistan, particularly in the south, is fraught. there is combat going on right now between afghan and international forces between the taliban. the taliban are making threats directly to people if they vote. and so people simply getting out to the polls is a challenge. some 1,200 polling stations out of 7,000 in afghanistan were declared too dangerous just a few weeks ago and were moved or closed. so security could depress the outcome of this election that in a way that could challenge its legitimacy. >
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Aug 18, 2009 7:00pm EDT
selling is often seen as an indicator of market direction. joining us now to talk about that and his market outlook, art hogan, chief market analyst at jefferies and company. >> hi, right a.>> hi. >> what's your take on insider selling? is this a sign that investors should lighten up a bit? >> it's interesting. we take that as a signal, and if you bow did back in history and look at the market timing, insider sales, it doesn't correlate very well. what it does tell us, though. is for the first time in a period of time there's a lot of insiders that feel they've gotten to a point where they're not underwater, not underwater on share prices, meaning a lot of insiders get their stock because of compensation. you know, imagine, if you will, you received stock as compensation at $20, goes to $10, now it's at $22, and up the to make a sale because you don't want to it go back to $10. that doesn't mean it will go to $10 or $25. typically the market senses a negative signal. it's something to keep an eye on. >> susie: over time, so many studies have been done, the trends in insider selling m
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Aug 29, 2009 5:00am EDT
. we have more of it than anyplace on earth. and we're working on cleaner ways to use coal every day. there's more information at nma.org. >> corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by boeing, major funding for "washington week" is also provided by the annenberg foundation, the compragse for public broadcasting -- the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. once again, live from washington, moderator gwen ifill. gwen: good evening. edward m. kennedy's passing this week unleashed a torent of mourning and analysis. scorse of redemption, accomplishment, legacy and inheritance have dominated the trbts all rooted in the -- the tributes all rooted in the 77 years one man spent on earth, 46 of them in the united states senate. kennedy's causes were fiercely liberal such as his opposition to a law forbidding gay marriage. >> in the constitution of the united states, along with the bill of rights, we have not ever written prejudice and we have never written bigotry into the constitution and we should not do it
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Aug 18, 2009 6:00pm EDT
, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. supporting math and science education for tomorrow's innovators. the atlantic philanthropies. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: the security situation in afghanistan deteriorated today after a suicide attack in kabul killed at least eight people and injured 55 more. earlier, the presidential palace was damaged in a round of mortar attacks. john ray of independent television news begins our lead story coverage. >> reporter: no matter how often it happens, it never÷ becomes routine. kabul today in a thick plume of smoke rise z on the skyline. a suicide bomb huge in size, attacked on a car, detonated as a coalition convoy passed by. the walking wounded were led away, but amid the wreckage many bad and badly injured. the taliban claimed responsibility for their
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Aug 10, 2009 7:00pm EDT
slowly. which brings us to the second answer: bond traders are anticipating higher rates as soon as the fourth quarter. but bob brusca of fact and opinion economics says we will not read that the fed believes the crisis is over. >> once the fed goes for business as usual, then it needs to start taking out the excess reserves, getting rates back up into a more neutral framework, and that's where i don't think we are yet. as to the final question, the future of the chairman who has taken a lot of political heat in recent months in washington. wall street will get no information whatsoever in the fed statement, and be left guessing as to his reappointment chances. >> it's certainly being talked about, and i think i've seen polls on this. and the vast majority of economists support bernanke being re-appointed, and i certainly agree with that. >> the easiest decision that obama has is re-appointing bernanke. other decisions will expose him to much more risk than he needs to deal with. and frankly, he's got enough tough decisions to wade into than this one, this one is easy. >> reporter: it's
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Aug 27, 2009 6:00pm EDT
million in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. supporting math and science education for tomorrow's innovators. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: a motorcade carrying the body of senator edward kennedy traveled a 70-mile route from cape cod to boston, massachusetts today. the hearse passed mourners who gathered to pay tribute to the man who served their state for 46 years. "newshour" correspondent kwame holman has our lead story report. >> reporter: family and friends gathered at the kennedy compound in hyannis port this morning for the beginning of the formal farewell to senator edward kennedy. the senate icon died there tuesday night after a year-lon
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Aug 8, 2009 4:30am EDT
were taken to a location, and when we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us, president bill clinton. >> bill clinton postern north korean rescue mission draws mixed reviews. >> this was a propaganda success for kim jong il on the north korean regime. >> the senate approves the sonia sotomayor for the supreme court, with the help of a few republicans. >> i do not believe that the constitution tells me i should refused as a border merely because i disagree with her on some cases. >> congress comes up with another $2 billion to buy your clunker. why stop there? >> how about of the's? -- rv's? captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> happening all around the country, congressional democrats at town meetings trying to sell the president's health plan and finding themselves shouted down. on the internet, there is doctored video of the president appearing to say that he will eliminate private health insurance. the white house is fighting back on that. >> the people who always try to scare people when you bring them health-insurance reform are at it
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Aug 7, 2009 7:00pm EDT
, lifestyle changes made in response to the recession are likely to continue. >> i used to spend ridiculous amounts of money on going out to eat and shopping, and whatnot. and because of everything that's happened, it's not just myself, even for my friends with jobs, it's been very sobering. >> reporter: the unexpected decline in the unemployment rate is being taken with a big grain of salt by many economists. a lot of job seekers gave up their search in july, and the jobless rate could tick up again if they resume looking for work. scott gurvey, "nightly business report," new york. >> jeff: well, just the hint of slowing job losses had the bulls roaring and short sellers yelling for mercy. the dow popped 160 points higher in the first 90 minutes of trading. consumer-related stocks, like american express, disney and home depot, were favorites on the day. both the dow and nasdaq surged in the early afternoon, but some traders cashing out ahead of the weekend trimmed the gains. the dow still finished up 113.81 points at 9370.07. this week, it fell twice and rose three times for an
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Aug 14, 2009 8:30pm EDT
democrats tell us all the time that it's the right of every american to have health care. yet it seems this obama plan will systematically deny those rights to certain groups like the elderly. >> we should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> what it says is as a 74-year-old man, if you develop cancer, we're pretty much going to write you off. >> well, you're just not right. nobody 74 is going to be written off because they have cancer. that's a vicious, malicious untrue rumor. pete: so have questions like this derailed the administration's plan to sell health care, janet? >> well, they haven't derailed it. but they've certainly taken it -- the debate in a direction that nobody had expected. and it puts the obama administration and the democrats in congress on the defensive on topics that they were not really expecting to come up. these town hall meetings and the legion of attack ads that have been put up on tv and radio, they're all very shrill and partisan and singularly uninformative. and unfortunately, they bend -- that an
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Aug 11, 2009 6:00pm EDT
, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. supporting math and science education for tomorrow's innovators. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: president obama tried to build new support for his health care plan today, and he charged opponents are trying to scare people. the president got a friendly reception at a town hall meeting in portsmouth, new hampshire. jeffrey brown has our lead story report. >> reporter: this was mr. obama's first foray into new hampshire as president, and he made clear he was ready to go on the offensive in what has become a rancorous national conversation on health care. >> let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear
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Aug 31, 2009 6:00pm EDT
billion pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere every year. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> chevron. this is the power of human energy. the national science foundation. supporting education and research across all fields of science and engineering. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: eight wildfires burned across the dry hills of southern california today. one of the blazes ballooned to 86,000 acres, and killed two firefighters.iú california governor schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for four counties around los angeles. he urged residents to follow evacuation orders. newshour correspondent kwame holman has our lead story report. >> holman: underneath heavy plumes of smoke, wildfires burned with a fury across california for a sixth day today. at a news conference in los angeles this morning, governor arnold schwarzenegger said the whole state had been impacted. >
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Aug 3, 2009 6:00pm EDT
around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. the national science foundation. supporting education and research across all fields of science and engineering. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: iran's rulers faced down new evidence of discontent today, as a mass trial of opposition figures got under way. the accused were arrested in the aftermath of june's disputed presidential election. the declared winner of that vote, president mahmoud ahmadinejad, was formally endorsed today by iran's supreme leader. margaret warner has our lead story. >> warner: the trial of 100 people accused of post-election violence began on saturday in tehran. but today, the wife of one, former vice president mohammad abtahi, charged his televised+ confession had been coerced. abtahi alleged opposition leaders conspired to misrepresent the election results as fraudulent.
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Aug 14, 2009 9:00pm EDT
issues that brought us this debate in the first place. >> moyers: and, david frum from the bush white house asks his fellow conservatives what they will do if they actually succeed in killing off health care reform. >> if the republicans win, this is not going to be a great victory for individual liberty, it's going to be a victory for the status quo. >> moyers: stay tuned. >> from our studios in new york, bill moyers. >> moyers: welcome to the journal. i'm okay with protest. sometimes i wish i'd done more of it myself when i was young. but it's hard to reason with someone who's packing a gun. that's why i found so menacing that photograph of the fellow standing outside president obama's town hall meeting on health care in new hampshire this week with a 9mm pistol strapped to his thigh and a sign quoting thomas jefferson on watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants and patriots. knowing from his myspace profile that he admires white supremacists, it made me queasy to see that man standing there, pistol at his side. of course, he's exercising his second amendment rights un
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Aug 24, 2009 7:00pm EDT
get connected to people inside your target companies. if you've exhausted your networking list, use social networking sites like linkin and facebook. >> reporter: the point of a site like linkedin is to find people working at the company where you want to work. you may find that a friend of a friend works there. and by connecting with that person, you can get your foot in the door. it's all about getting someone inside the company to know who you are. and getting buzz around your name. >> so if you can get that person to walk that resume down the hallway and hand it to someone who's hiring and say, "you really need to speak with this person," that's the optimal way. that's how you set yourself apart from the hundreds of resumes that come across a hiring manager's desk or an hr person's desk. >> reporter: nevertheless, labor economist lawrence mishel says even top-notch networking won't change the fact that there just aren't a lot of jobs out there. >> we're in an unfortunate situation now where there are six people unemployed for every job opening. so it's not going to be easy for p
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Aug 24, 2009 12:00am EDT
. >> it was a great day for us. we did it. >> carnage in iraq. at least 95 were killed and hundreds wounded in baghdad. is she or isn't she? the athlete takes us sex test. >> welcome to this week. a white house spokesman called it outrageous and disgusting. president obama himself called it a highly objectionable. libya's jubilant welcome for the man convicted of the pan am bombing stirred emotions. terminally ill, he was freed early from a scottish jail this week on compassionate grounds. two hundred seven people were killed in the bombing, two- thirds american. we have two reports. first, our correspondent reports on his release. >> the first glimpse of the terrorist dress in white, surrounded by prison officers and about to leave the scottish jail. cheers from waiting crowds awaited him, now a free man but under police escort. a convoy of vehicles escorting him to glasgow airport with security tight. he was convicted of the mass murder of 270 people, the decision to release him was taken by the justice secretary in the scottish government. independent medical advice says he does
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Aug 3, 2009 2:00am EDT
army has captured many militia. they have reportedly found bomb- making factories used by the sect. they started attacking police stations on sunday. there are reports that hundreds of people have been killed in the five days of violence. the nigerian government has been concentrating its action in borno state and the capital. that is the headquarters of the s.e.c.. there has also been unrest across other states in the north of the country. there is a long history of trouble in nigeria. last year, they attacked government property. they're growing levels of poverty, malnutrition, and resentment in the islamic north. nigeria it should be a rich country. it has huge reserves of oil in the delta. the wealth has not been dispersed around the country. it adds to the discontent that sparked the current violence. >> the leader of the group behind the violence in the north died while in police custody. police say he was killed by security forces in a shootout when he tried to escape. human-rights watched called the killing unlawful and concerning. >> it is the end of butyl -- brittle few d
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Aug 20, 2009 7:00pm EDT
fell 92 cents to $72.91 a barrel. joining us now to talk more about the outlook for prices, john kilduff energy analyst at m.f. global. hi, john. >> hi, good evening, susie. >> so you're predicting $100 oil by the end of the year. that's a big move from where we are right now. give us your analysis? >> well, it's a very real possibility. because of all the elements that are at work right now in the various markets, the recovery you see in the stock market n a way for right now it's good news for us all that oil prices are where they are because it is a real validation that economic activity is back in the calculus of everything, particularly in china and certainly in what we are seeing in europe. as you mentioned today about the earlier in the show about the leading economic indicators, showing another positive reading today. all combining to help push these oil prices up. >> is it real demand, john? because we always here about -- hear about speculations in the markets, manipulation in the oil market is this real economic activity? >> it's a combination of real economic activity
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Aug 30, 2009 7:00am EDT
way it's covered is completely different. >> give an example. >> when robert byrd used the word a few years ago, former grand which sar of the kkk, that was dismissed. but when trent lott made a comment about strom thurmond 40 years ago, he had to resign his post as majority leader. so, i mean, there's certainly a double standard, but what else is going on here is i agree with karen that the country is becoming actually more racially hypersensitive than before as opposed to obama's presidency transcending race. i think it's become even more racially divisive, not necessarily because of what republicans are doing but because of what barack obama is doing and the people he surrounded himself with and the people he's put in very prominent positions, and what they want to do with race-based policies in this country doesn't sit very well with the average white american and understandably. >> for goodness sake, are we going to blame the victim? >> seriously, irene, i remember wondering when he was running for the nomination thinking, is america ready for this, and will there be a backlash?
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Aug 21, 2009 6:00pm EDT
, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: the chairman of the federal reserve had hopeful words on the u.s. economy today. ben bernanke said the country was starting to emerge from recession, and that aggressive intervention by the government was working. jeffrey brown has our lead story report. >> reporter: the fed chairman gave his optimistic assessment at an annual federal reserve symposium held in the high mountain country of jackson hole, wyoming. >> reporter: mr. bernanke said, in part: he did temper that enthusiasm with a note of caution, saying problems persist in both the credit and job markets. but stock markets jumped on bernanke's rema
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Aug 1, 2009 4:30am EDT
have very aggressive regulator -- they have -- i was about to use an expression one should not use on television. >> let's try to stay on the air. >> i will make a prediction -- there will be a health bill, a larger health bill that aims at structure and everything, or a more minimal health bill. but in the end, the bill will be a lot of changes in the way that medical care is in short in this country. >> charles says it is health insurance reform. >> i don't think it will be the larger reform. nobody understands what obama means when he says health care reform. i think mark is right. democrats understand that if the president is defeated on this, he is done. democrats are not going to stray from their savior in the first year. there will be a health care bill, although in the end, it will be a minimal one. health insurance reform, the phrase that the president use 5 times in his press conference. an interesting turn of phrase, health insurance reform. it will be heavy regulation of insurance companies, so the when you have, people who have it and like it, will have it and be secur
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Aug 13, 2009 5:30pm EDT
optimistic. >> i think that the economy is stronger than it used to be. >> with growth returning, france and germany can say that they are out of recession. it is not the same story and other leading european economies. here in the u.k., there was a decline in output of 0.8%. why is britain lagging behind? the fallout from the financial crisis is lacking over the economy. >> because of the financial sector, it is taking longer to recover than the other countries which did not have the meltdown in the financial sector. >> germany and france will hope that this is not a flash in the pan with a temporary boost from government spending followed by a temporary dip. >> stay with us. a renowned geologist is murdered in kenya. his son tells us what happened. mexican authorities have freed 20 prisoners convicted more than a decade ago of a massacre. the prosecutors have fabricated evidence according to the supreme court. >> 12 years after the massacre, it is still a deeply divided issues. relatives and supporters came to the supreme court in mexico city. the judgment they were about to hear is so
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Aug 13, 2009 12:00am EDT
people believe the authorities are behind some of these abductions as well. >> this used to be one of the busiest streets in tijuana. and i was with my son. we had to come into my -- to my brother-in-law's office. >> reporter: christina remembers the day 12 years ago when armed men blocked her car. >> one of them came to my window. the other one came to alex's window. and with the back of the rifle turned. hitting my car and shouting that we had to get out of the car. all this time i was shouting, "who are you, what do you want?" letting go. "why are you taking him?" >> reporter: they dragged her son alex into a van and christina never saw him again. mexican drug cartels have kidnapped thousands over the years. but these stories are different. mexicans call them "the disappeared." almost 1,500 people where there was no ransom, no body, no explanation. listen to their stories and you'll get a sense of just how deep mexico's problems are. >> translator: it was about 4:30 in the morning when i got up and saw a bunch of stuff approaching with men in masks who had guns sitting in the back.
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Aug 21, 2009 9:00pm EDT
, you know that you have this underlying liver disease. it's not related to alcohol use or to hepatitis virus. it's just really from the liver, um, the liver not working right, and then it develops into cirrhosis. and that's really the main reason that you've got all this swelling in the legs. the diabetes is sort of a separate issue, but it still... still complicates things dramatically. so how often are you taking insulin? >> i take it once a day. >> you should be probably taking that three times a day. >> but we skip because the tabs e ive. >> this is a really tough thing to deal with, not being able to get the medicines that you need or that we think you need. it makes it all... all the more tough for you. especially for your liver disee. these diuretics, i consider these life-saving medications the same way i would with the insulin. we have some samples of the insulin. we didn't have much, unfortunately. okay? >> okay. dr. mcwilliams, thank you again. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> we'll see you soon. >> i don't want to live like this. i mean, can't get social security, i
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Aug 1, 2009 5:00am EDT
responsible and provide the services that all of us are paying for and that they're not providing the services safety net we're all paying for. he talks about the word "responsibility." and they're saying something a little different, which is they're making excessive profits and that they are in effect evil companies. he doesn't go quite that far. gwen: how much is this coordinated if at all? >> it's well-coordinated on both sides. there's a lot of work going on trying to figure out what's the best way to sell this, what's the best way to attack it. and i think what you saw this week is that the administration and the democrats decided, you know, there's one person in the white house, you're either a stick or pinata, and they'd rather be the stick than the pinata and they were getting hit very hard. they spent a lot of time trying to talk about this in terms of bringing down costs, that this would save money, it would save the government money and in the long run be good for the deficit. but as the committees have struggled with this and as the sausage making has become the focus
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Aug 12, 2009 5:00pm EDT
senior fellow at the new america foundation in shington, d.c. thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> we've heard a lot tonight about how official corruptions impeding the drug war in mexico and i'm wondering is that why the mexican government deployed tens of thousands of troops to fight drug cartels, and then is it working? >> it's one of the reasons why there was a perceive deploy the military, yes. the fact that a lot of local police forces had been compromised and infiltrated which is a recurring problem in mexico. i wouldn't say it's only from corruption though. i think it's actually a matter -- there was no other force to throw at the problem. mexico lacks a strong muscular time police force. so partly that the government was being outgunned. >> is it working? >> there's a stalemate in place. it worked initially. a sort of shock-and-awe element to having the army patrol the streets. but over time the cartels have adjusted to the new reality. and if you take, say, suarez in mexico last month it was the deadliest month since the mexican revolution in that city.
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Aug 6, 2009 7:00pm EDT
used to but is effective in combining your work, even if it is stored on different computers in a network. but the biggest news is under the covers, "windows seven" is more stable, faster and smaller than vista. it ran well on my old laptop, which couldn't handle vista. pcmag.com's lance ulanoff agrees with my review and notes this time, microsoft has played down the hype. >> basically they're saying this is an operating system that works. it gets the job done. it's going to be learner. it's going to work on the hardware that you currently have. you won't necessarily have to upgrade to run it. i think they're going to right the windows ship with this operating system. >> reporter: so the verdict: if you're buying a new computer, yes, get "windows 7." in fact, that's the best way to do it. if you are already running vista, yes. the upgrade is virtually painless and you will be pleased you did it. still running xp, now it gets interesting. the answer is, maybe. a lot of people, including a lot of companies, skipped vista. if you not only skipped vista, but are also still running an
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Aug 20, 2009 5:30pm EDT
is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days. our justice system demands that judgment be imposed but compassion be available. our beliefs dictate that justice be served but mercy be shown. >> it is more than 20 years since pan am flight 103 exploded over lockerbie. it was the longest night of the year, and dawn revealed to the horror -- holds obliterated by debris falling from the sky. 150 tons of what remains of the transatlantic flight are piled in a scrap yard. thousands of fragments of metal, a permanent reminder of so many destroyed lives. the evidence that helped convict megrahi was circumstance, including 5 lots of clothes and said to have been bought by him and found in a suitcase which contained the bomb. this man lost his son in the tragedy. he supports the libyan going home. >> i'm very pleased about this, and also, i think for the sake of relatives and people concerned. i just hope that it would have allowed the appeal to continue. >> the 57 year-old was handed over to libyan officials. he was covering his face. in a statement,
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Aug 19, 2009 7:00pm EDT
will use all of the enforcement tools at our disposal to pursue you. for honest hard working everyday americans. school teachers, firemen, policemen who pay their taxes. the message is also there. wealthy people can't skirt the rules and hide assets. we are going to insure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes. >> susie: speaking of fair shares, late this afternoon, the swiss government announced its selling its stake in u.b.s. the swiss hope to recoup more than $5.5 billion on that sale. and changes are coming tomorrow for american consumers. thanks to the credit card act of 2009, a new set of rules goes into effect. including, the ability to reject rate increases. but as jeff yastine reports, it's already having some unintended consequences. >> reporter: across the country right now, there are thousands of people just like kirk arthur. he keeps several credit cards. and when he attempted to make a small purchase with one of them last weekend, he found it was canceled without any advance notice. >> there's that feeling of embarrassment. you feel, oh, what did i do wrong? and t
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Aug 21, 2009 5:30pm EDT
closely chaperoned. we did manage to speak to his daughter today. she told us her father was an arresting, still not believing he was home, free, and a national hero. bbc news, tripoli. >> at last, a big smile from the head of the u.s. central bank, ben bernanke. an upbeat message suggesting the u.s. is on its way out of recession. speaking at the federal reserve's annual conference in jacksonville what -- jacksonville, wyoming, he says prospects for growth appear good. he says the recovery may be slow at first and unemployment is likely to take some time to improve. we go once you our business correspondent. the chairman's comments are welcome news. >> the comments are always reassuring, especially in such a public setting. not coded in the ultra-greenspan speak. he repeated some of the phrases he used 10 days ago. he wanted to give everybody a little bit of confidence, to brace them for a slow, gradual recovery. it is interesting. his statement with throughout the history of the financial decline from the end of 2007 all through last year, and if it can be said that he patted
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Aug 19, 2009 5:30pm EDT
defend us, he told me. the situation is getting worse. the u.s. troops began patrolling the streets of baghdad and other cities across iraq. now many people say that to these attacks confirm their worst fears, the fear that without american help, their own security services are incapable of protection. >> this is baghdad six years ago, an explosion outside the headquarters of the united nations. it was the first large-scale attack. it has been followed by so many more. never before have so many people been wounded on one day. everyone here is reminded of how different iraq has become. >> more violence in afghanistan on the eve of elections. security forces killed three insurgents who occupied a bank in the capital. the taliban has pledged to disrupt the vote. >> the police surround a bank in kabul. taliban fighters have occupied the building. this leaves the three fighters and one policeman dead. until recently, kabul was a safe haven from the violence. not anymore. a ring has been placed around the city. security forces have been deployed elsewhere in the country. what is difficult to
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Aug 17, 2009 5:30pm EDT
the 1990's. the money used could not be traced to government money. an american relief team has arrived in taiwan to help local authorities deliver aid to hundreds of people thought to be stranded still in mountain villages. more than one week cents a typhoon rocked the island, stranding thousands in remote areas. kuwaiti authorities believe a fire was started by the ex-wife of a groom. ed the interior -- the woman confessed to igniting the blaze. at least 10 workers have been killed, 72 still unaccounted for at the site of russia's dealings largest hydroelectric power station. a transformer exploded. it destroyed walls and a ceiling of an engine room. from moscow, our correspondent has more. >> the accident happened as workers were carrying out repairs to one of the transformers. the roof of the turbine caved in, flooding the space with water. it is unclear what caused the collapse. some reports suggest an explosion in the turbine itself. others -- a sudden surge of pressure in the water pipes. rescue workers say the situation is under control, but they are searching for more t
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Aug 15, 2009 4:30am EDT
gains. with changes of this magnitude, there are going to be changes that will affect everyone of us, and you are better off leveling with people going in to get a better result. >> charles, what do you think? >> well, the death panels' stuff is wildly exaggerated, but there is a problem that is out and buy -- that is outlined by charles lane, editorial writer for "the washington post," that in the cost-cutting section of the bill, the idea of doctors being reimbursed by the government for consultation on living wills, you are quietly implying that this is something you want to encourage, and that is linked with cutting costs. obama has spoken in the past about his grandmother getting any replacement when she was ill and infirm, whether it was -- getting a hip replacement when she was ill and infirm, whether it was worth it. people suspect that at the end of the road and it will be a course of kind of medicine. >> i think the underlying reason for this provision is that there is data and studies out there that show that in areas where people are encouraged and to develop guidelines o
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Aug 31, 2009 7:00pm EDT
more use of part-time labor. we'll see the workweek expanding. those are things we want to watch for. because we typically ask people to work longer weeks before we hire new people. as we start getting into recovery. >> reporter: we'll see that information on friday in the august employment report. scott gurvey, nightly business report, new york. >> susie: a big merger monday on wall street. running the gamut from energy to entertainment. first baker hughes a buying b.j.services in a deal worth $5.5 billion. both firms are energy service companies and the move is a way to expand their range of products in prospects around the globe. the second big deal, spiderman is becoming the newest resident of the house of the mouse. walt disney is buying marvel entertainment for about $4 billion. the purchase brings a slew of well known film characters under the disney umbrella including spiedy, the x-man, captain america and the fantastic four. it's the biggest media deal for disney since it bought pixar animation studios back in 2006. it's also the first big media deal since the global financi
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Aug 31, 2009 5:30pm EDT
explicit that general mcchrystal should be forthright in telling us what he needs in order to accomplish the mission he has been given. >> for the president, it will be tough to come up with more money for more troops. opinion polls indicate falling support. >> putting people at risk when the enterprise is not clear and when success is not yet defined it is really risky. >> when the vote counting ends in afghanistan, a lot of pressure will be put on the afghan government. the general makes it clear that they need to do more to inspire their people to take the lead. in the end, this is their fight. >> in the afghan presidential election, the presidential commission says that the votes are in for nearly half of the polling stations. the incumbent is still in the lead. he has just under 46% of the vote. his main rival has 33%. the main candidates in a presidential election that have all claimed victory. one of them is the favorite to win the election. his father died in june after 41 years in power. official results are expected in several days time. angela merkel said she remain
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Aug 15, 2009 12:00am EDT
language that's being used. our health care in the system in uk has been described as orwellian, as socialist. even by some as evil in some way. so really what started out as a debate of how you pay for something has turned into something far more ideological where seems to have created a massive gap in understanding across the atlantic. >> what do britons make of suggestions that the nhs would let people like senator kennedy or like stephen hawking die without getting any treatment? >> i think that's caused a great deal of astonishment. i mean, first off, it's simply untrue. senator kennedy, who is 77 would have had exactly the same treatments as a 77-year-old as a 50-year-old or a 30-year-old. the only criteria applied would is body is robust enough to take certain aggressive tactics. but really i think people see that as an attack not just on the nhs but on the integrity of the uk, as a suggestion that people in the uk don't care enough, elderly people. that they make these kind of brutal, ruthless judgments, death panels as sarah palin puts it. and it's not the nhs that people k
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Aug 28, 2009 7:00pm EDT
. >> it would be more costly to the economy for us not to take care of those working families than it would be to invest in this benefit extension. and in fact, over time, this pays itself back. >> reporter: not everyone agrees. douglas holmes represents the business community, which is now struggling to pay benefits to workers. he says the extension could cost taxpayers as much as $70 billion. >> we need to sort of ratchet into a different gear and look at what we should be doing for the long-term unemployed, and not just paying additional weeks of unemployment insurance compensation. >> reporter: but for boteler, government money for unemployment insurance is a question of fairness. >> what about all the money they spent on the bailouts? that's costing the government a lot more money. >> this is what really keeps the people going. this is the thing, this makes a difference. >> reporter: congress is now considering a 13 week extension of benefits, but only in states with high jobless rates. with the national rate expected to keep rising, advocates for the unemployed say that's not
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Aug 22, 2009 5:00am EDT
than any place on earth. we're working on cleaner ways to use coal every day. there is more information at n.m.a..org. major funding is also provided by the anenburg foundation, the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. thank you. once again, live from washington... moderator gwen ifill. gwen: good evening and welcome to a special "washington week" roundtable on health care reform... if it's hot where you are, it's quite possible that the elevated temperature is caused by more than summer sunshine. for president obama, the headwinds he has encountered on this signature domestic issue remind him of this time last year. he told supporters as much yesterday... >> you will recall that the republicans have just nominated their vice presidential candidate and everybody was -- the media was obsessed with it and cable was 24 hours a day and obama has lost his mojo. there is something about august going into september where everyone in wra gets all wee-we' d up. up." 50 percent of those polled now disapprove of
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